“Enough”

(apparently some elected officials believe we need more…)

The Tulsa shooting on June 1st is one of the 233 mass shootings in the US this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Media — 6/13/2022. They agreed on background checks for buyers of guns between 18 and 21 years of age. Should have been all buyers. More funds for mental health. That is he sleeves out of their vests. Help the states with red-flag processes. Pass the issue off to the states. YOU KNOW THE NRA IS THRILLED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR PUPPETS!

Here’s what they did not do:

Time Magazine June 20 – June 27, 2022

Media — 6/13/2020. A few major reforms were left out of the proposed deal, including a provision to expand background checks. Also absent is a ban on military-style assault weapons. Plus, there will be no change to the minimum age to purchase guns, which is 18 years old. And no mention of bans on high capacity magazines.

Apparently, courage is not a behavioral competency required of most elected officials in Congress.

Here is the answer (and you can still keep your firearms!):

Anyone who purchases, any age, is subject to a background check. Minimum waiting period, 30 days. AK15 style attack/assault rifles or similar are banned from the USA (except law enforcement and the military). High capacity magazines are outlawed.

And another solution (my preferred):

https://successnexcess.com/2022/05/15/gun-violence/

Holding weapons manufacturers legally responsible for use of weapons by owners/others is absurd!

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Like Watching Grass Grow

If your house or apartment or, if your homeless your tent was on fire, and the Congress was “manning” the firehouse, your home would burn to the ground.

All the murders, all the dead people, all the dead children and we have this. This is past horrendous!

The Senate on Tuesday (6/21/22) cast a key vote to advance newly released bipartisan gun safety legislation, a major step moving the bill forward as lawmakers face pressure to respond to the the recent string of mass shootings. The bill still has a number of hurdles to clear, however. In the Senate, it will face two more major votes — first to break a filibuster and then on final passage. The vote to break a filibuster will be a critical, high-stakes moment for the legislation since it will require 60 votes to advance, which means at least 10 Republicans will need to join Democrats in support. This latest move to advance the bill is the clearest sign yet that it will likely overcome that filibuster. If so, the bill will go on to a final passage vote. The House would then need to take up the measure.

Least we forget…

The pace of mass shootings in 2022 is part of the three-year uptick that began in 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, the total number of mass shootings all year jumped from 417 to 610. The number jumped again in 2021 to 692. In 2022 so far, mass shootings have resulted in 1,357 people shot, resulting in 278 deaths. Through the same period in 2021, there were 1,293 people shot, resulting in 280 deaths, while in 2020 the numbers show 802 people shot with 152 deaths.

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Humor, a business tool…

… and it is absolutely free! And it is all about maintaining some balance in the culture if you are a leader. And as a reminder, leaders can be found anywhere in the organization, they don’t necessarily have to carry a manager’s title! And, some managers/supervisors/executives are not necessarily good leaders.

Here are some excerpts from the full article in Fast Company Magazine on the benefits of humor in the work environment:

“Fact: organizations in which humor is part of the culture reported shareholder returns 19% higher than their competitors, according to a Huet & Associates study.” 

And from another source, some of the benefits of humor in the work place

“The CEO of Peppercomm observes that humor and levity in daily work interactions, even virtually, can actually change how our brains work to develop creative solutions, reduce stress, and solve problems.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90751142/the-business-case-for-getting-your-team-to-laugh-together2

“It’s very difficult to dislike someone who makes you laugh.”

This blogger has worked in more than 25 business locations in the USA and business locations in 19 other countries. Obserations and experiences have proven that humor is highly appreciated and respected, it easily and effortlessly crosses all cultures, and molds great, long term working partnerships and relationships!

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Landmines in the field of recruiting

… in the ever present minefield of candidate interviewing.

From Maggie Smith, vice resident of HR at Traliant, a provider of online compliance training.

Asking personal questions that aren’t job related can be problematic. A simple rule to follow is to keep interview questions focused on the position, the skills and experience needed, and realistic expectations for the role.

Some questions to avoid may seem obvious, but it can be a minefield if one slips into casual conversation and ends up asking something that can potentially cause problems for you and your organization.

Additionally, to stay on track, remain focused on talent and capability. And to assist  in evaluating future performance, behavioral based questions (behavioral competencies) are excellent recruiting tools for employers. They are also excellent traits that candidates should highlight as part of their interview plan. Referencing a previous post:

https://successnexcess.com/2018/05/30/influence-impact-of-behavioral-competencies-on-careers/

From Maggie Smith and Fast Company:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90745224/5-things-you-should-never-do-in-a-remote-interview

… predictable characteristics of changing times and changing work environments.

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Who is responsible for the Decisiveness in the USA?

This entry is not about voting or political party preference, just a situational look.

Presidents are the leaders of countries. If you look at the “recent” lists of presidents you may agree each had his (can not use the female pronoun yet) priorities, battles, and made popular and unpopular decisions. And the country was divided on certain issues.

Inside the capital, January 6th. “Make America Great Again”

Consider the reality: The critical level of divisiveness that the USA now faces was created during the Trump administration. Under no other president, under no other administration did it ever reach the intensity or criticality of what we have today. Under no other presidency did we have the growth and involvement of hate groups in our government, the election and voting mess, and the level of divisiveness in our country and government.

For the record I am not anti-political party.

And for the record, Biden is creating his own mess, with the help of a badly divided Congress that has lost its way and its focus on its ultimate purpose, that being creating laws and making decisions in the best interest of the country and not the political party.

Just saying…

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Advice from New Zealand’s Leader…

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in 150 years when she was sworn in at 37 years old in 2017. Since then, she has worked steadily on gender equality initiatives such as equal pay for women and paid parental leave, and comforted her country through times of crisis.

The prime minister’s words here remind us that leaders make the most impact when they listen to the people around them, try to find common ground, and lift up those who need it most.

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Gun Violence…

Here is an answer that might help address gun violence to a greater extent, without infringing on second amendment rights. And this blog entry in the face of 10 people killed in Buffalo, NY by an 18 year old on May 14th…

This solution will take away the “due process” rights of gun violence offenders. Due process means no justice department involvement (lawyers, courts, police time, etc.). The tax payers do pay for all of it.

Here is the solution: (And this does not infringe on any type of gun ownership)

If you are found, captured, using a gun, of any type, to injure, shoot, or kill another human being, you face an automatic death sentence. No attorneys, no hearings, no pleas, no psychiatrists, no due process.

It is not the perfect solution but it might cause one to think twice about committing gun violence.

Someone has to do something. It is crystal clear now that Congress will not act as the majority are bought off by the NRA.

Congress could enact this solution and stay in the good graces of the NRA (not that his blogger cares).

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Learning, leading, through Listening

As I think back on my corporate career, and then relate the article below to that experience, my take is that the article (link below) is spot on.

Thinking of people you know, and your face to face work and social experiences, I suspect there are many who can “appreciate” poor listeners. The signs are evident and easily observable. They visibly are not paying attention, they interrupt, maybe start a conversation in the midst of yours, talking about oneself incessantly, you exchange background information with others but they don’t remembers yours, it can be infuriating to say the least.

What is notable is that those with substantial listening skills have a “one up” when it comes to getting ahead.

There are skills associated with good listening: focus, empathy, self-control, and inclusion to cite a few. “To some degree, the power of listening can be explained by the fact that good listening is rare. We live in a world in which people are often rewarded for self-promoting, being the center of attention, and talking as much as they can, even when they have nothing to say.” That is almost humorous!

Here’s the article, maybe an opportunity to add to one’s tool box!

One would have to ask oneself if a poor listener would bother to read this post?

Improved listening skills probably require some behavioral change. Behavior change is usually challenging.

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Leading the country…?

On May 17th, North Carolina will hold its state wide elections.

One candidate, running for the US Senate, features media ads showing him with a shot gun; another ad with a pistol shoved in his belt near the front buckle. Clearly an NRA puppet. The majority of NC congress people are pro-NRA receive campaign contributions from the NRA ranging from $1000 to $9000+.

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/12/19/us/politics/nra.html?ref=us

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 3: Sacramento Police crime scene investigators place evidence markers on 10th street at the scene of a mass shooting in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Six people are dead and 12 others are injured after a shooting broke out early Sunday morning. Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said there were no suspects in custody yet. The shooting happened in the vicinity of the 1000 block of K Street in downtown Sacramento. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Over the last few days media sources report shootings and killings in neighborhoods, malls, and public gatherings. An individual or family today can be in danger anywhere.

I am a gun owner. I support gun ownership to a point, with the exception of AR15 type automatic rifles and similar. However you just have to ask yourself what message this candidate sends to adults and young people.

Is this the leadership the country needs in US Congress?

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

The NRA’s contributions to senators are not insignificant:

https://elections.bradyunited.org/take-action/nra-donations-116th-congress-senators

The laws need to change!

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